WordPress Security Plugins.

Security plugin list

  Plugins for wordpress are a must. And I use a bunch from Yoast’s SEO plugin and Google Analytics Plugin to WP Super Cache. They all have their place in keeping my sites loading fast and being able to quickly identify and diagnose problems. But today I’d like to talk security. I use three primary (read more)

Installing a WordPress testing server: part 4 WP

Today is part 4 of 4 in this series. Part 1 covers XAMPP Part 2 covers Easy install: Bitnami WP install Part 3 covers Multiple or Manual installs: PhpMyAdmin for WordPress Part 4 covers Multiple or Manual installs: WordPress proper. Today is the final part of our series and continues where we left off from part 3. (read more)

Installing a WordPress testing server part 3 phpmyadmin

PHPMYAdmin Logo

Today is part 3 of 4 in this series. Part 1 covers XAMPP Part 2 covers Easy install: Bitnami WP install Part 3 covers Multiple or Manual installs: PhpMyAdmin for WordPress Part 4 covers Multiple or Manual installs: WordPress proper.   So what if you want to install more than one local WordPress? If you try (read more)

Installing a WordPress testing server: part 2 Bitnami

Bitnami logo 2013

Today is part 2 of 4 in this series. Part 1 covers XAMPP Part 2 covers Easy install: Bitnami WP install Part 3 covers Multiple or Manual installs: PhpMyAdmin for WordPress Part 4 covers Multiple or Manual installs: WordPress proper. Today, we’ll go over the easy install of WordPress on your local server which we (read more)

Installing a WordPress testing server: part 1 XAMPP

Xampp

So you want to develop WordPress sites? Since WordPress runs on PHP and MySql, chances are you don’t have those installed and running on your local machine. So a good place to start is installing a local testing server.   Today is part 1 of 4 in this series. Part 1 covers XAMPP Part 2 (read more)

Checking MD5 SHA1 etc hashes to verify files

hash matched

You may have noticed that websites are now offering “checksums” beside their downloads. The most common ones are MD5 and SHA1. What are these things you ask? Well, they’re like digital fingerprints. Once you have a file ready to distribute you can run it through a hash generator to create its unique fingerprint.  If even (read more)

How do you know if your site will withstand the load onslaught?

Business websites need to make sure they don’t go down if they get a sudden influx of visitors.  But how do you know how many visitors you can handle? Well, you use a load tester.  And though there are many ways of load testing I use Loader. Loader is a free load testing site that (read more)

How to check the speed of your site.

How do you know how fast your site is? Well thankfully it’s not that hard. I use four websites to keep baselines on page speeds and optimization http://www.webpagetest.org/ http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/ http://gtmetrix.com/ https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ I use more than one because pagespeed readings can vary between one and the next. And this way I have a range of what (read more)

What I love about Susy (responsive grids)

Susy grid system

Responsive grids are everywhere in mobile first design. They make layout “semantic” and easier than otherwise. But most of them are a bit bulky and unwieldy and don’t really separate style (CSS) from form (HTML) as much as I’d like. But Susy goes one step further than other grid systems, and lets you do all (read more)

Speed up your SASS with Compass Mixins

 One of the great things about SASS is mixins. They are lovely.  But building them can take as much time as just typing out the things they’re supposed to speed up.  So wouldn’t it be nice if someone came along and gathered all the most common ones in one place, so you could import them (read more)